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Thinking of you all today and sending healing prayers ❤️ He was such a wonderful man and will be miss by so many
We are so sorry for your loss! Truly a man with a heart of gold that adored and loved his family! Thank you for always being so kind to us, especially our Olivia- she thought you were quite a legend and she was right💙
Most sincere condolences to the family. Thinking of you, sweet Gwen. He was the best.
Heather Baker Johnson
Mr. Ernie will always be part of my childhood playing softball for YAA. He was one of the Good Ones. Always encouraging to all the players no matter which team you were on.
Had the pleasure to meet Ernie out at Okefenokee MX Park. Such a kind man and Loved to talk Motorcross. We will miss you at the track, Rest easy
Bettye Reese Fielden
Ernie had a big heart ! In the early years Ernie & Gwen an my husband Roy would go fishing quite a bit. We enjoyed all the times we had together. He & Gwen raised a wonderful family with a lot of love. Hope you all know you’re in our prayers at this difficult time. Love , Bettye & family
September 22 will never be the same.
Mr Ernie was always so welcoming to me and my boys! He definitely was the epitome of an epic man and friend. He always had a smile on his face and loved to irritate me after greeting me with a “Hey girl” each time I saw him over the years. I know he is looking over his family because that was first and foremost in his life. ❤️
Nicholas J Vogel Jr
Ernie was the best of uncles growing up. Not only did he treat me as his own kid he loved as if I was his. He taught me many things over the years of visiting my family in Florida. How to clean the lady fingers from inside a crab to riding a motorcycle. He gave me my first helmet. I will truly miss my uncle and I am sorry I can not attend. I love y’all
No matter what we did we had fun we went to the teen club to dance and have fun but no matter what we were doing ernie always protected me growing love and miss you you are always in my heart your sister and friend rest in peace
Ernest “Ernie” H. Millan, Jr.
Ernest “Ernie” H. Millan, Jr., 74, of Yulee, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at home surrounded by his family.
Ernie was born and raised in Jacksonville and was the son of the late Ernest Howard Millan, Sr. and Ann Whitaker Millan.
Ernie met Gwen, the love of his life in Jacksonville, Florida. They fell in love and built a family. They moved their family to Yulee in 1976 from Orange Park, Florida. He had a lifetime career as a welder/pipefitter, engineering, and fabricator for many years until his retirement at the age of 62. He enjoyed fishing and hunting in his earlier years. He liked playing softball and he also coached softball with his kids.
His true passion was motocross racing. His last race was May of 2021 at the age of 73. He has been called a legend in the race world. For all his years his number on the track was #241. That number become an iconic representation of Ernie Millan and the Millan clan. At one point in his career, he was a nationally ranked rider as 10th in the nation for his class. He would have finished higher, but he ran out of gas and had to push it across the finish line after he rode back to the pit to get something to fix a competitors bike on the gate before starting the race. He would usually get a shout out from the announcer at a race, whether he was racing or not. He spawned a second and third generation of motocross racer with his son, daughters & son-in-laws, and grandchildren to continue the Millan Legacy. They have all sported that #241. Since then, other families have even asked him if they could ride 241 to honor him.
Even when not racing, Ernie could be found around the track offering a helping hand to anyone in need. He was the embodiment of the saying “he would give you the shirt off of his back,” and like his son, “had a heart of gold.” He taught his children to be good and work hard. They remembered leaving for school and hearing him say, “Be good, study hard” and “be careful.”
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son Ernie Millan, aka Lil’ Ernie or “Little E” in 2020.
Left behind to mourn his loss is his wife of 52 years, Gwen Millan of Yulee; his four daughters, Kim (Roger) Ebmeier of Yulee, Tina (Mark) Humphries of Kingsland, GA, Patty (Mike) Ellington of Yulee and Katrina (Allen) Flannery of Yulee; his sister, Sharon (Jack) Frost of Seymour, IN; his brother, Gary Millan of Jacksonville, FL, his sister, Diane Sessions of Jacksonville; a brother-in-law, Jesse “Eddie” Ray of Yulee; 13 grandchildren, Ashley, Heather, Haley, Brooke, Alyssa, Conner, Addison, Bailey, Reed, Cody, Lucas, Journey and Alaney; and five great-grandchildren, Lochlan, Lenox, Olivia, Kaitlyn and Nathan.
Funeral services for Ernie will be held, Thursday, June 23, 2022, beginning at “2:41” PM in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors. The family will receive friends that day from 1:30 – 2:30 pm at the funeral home.
He will be laid to rest at Bosque Bello Cemetery on July 1st, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. with his son, Ernie Millan in the presence of his family.